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About Union Oyster House
The Union Oyster House, located on the Freedom Trail, near Faneuil Hall, enjoys the unique distinction of being America's oldest restaurant. The Boston fixture, housed in a building dating back to pre-revolutionary days, started serving food in 1826 and has continued ever since with the stalls and oyster bar, where Daniel Webster was a constant customer, in their original positions.
Boston, MA 02108
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:0am - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
We Validate Parking for the Parcel #7 Garage. Note that it is not clearly labeled as such (sorry). If the Union Oyster House is on your right, the brick building STRAIGHT AHEAD OF YOU is the garage. Drive towards it, make a quick left (Hanover St.) right (Congress St.) and right again (Sudbury St.) … in other words, around the brick building to the other side is the entrance. The fee after validation is 3.$ for 3 hours
Two options: Take the Blue or Green Line to Government Center. Walk down the stairs along the side of City Hall and cross Congress Street. We are across the street. Note we are across from the New England Holocaust Memorial. Or, take the Orange or Green Line to Haymarket,left on Congress,left on Hanover,right on Union.
Private Party Facilities:
Private rooms are available for your convenience for cocktail parties, buffets and banquets.
Each room has its distinct personality!
Private Party Contact:
Dining Room Manager: (617) 227-2750
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Union Oyster House Ratings and Reviews
Much to our dismay my wife and I went for an anniversary and birthdays (same week) dinner travelling from Toronto to Boston and went out of our way to go to union oyster house on word it was the best.Sadly the only tasteful part of the meal was the complimentary cornbread. After spending the equivalent of $200 CDN we both found out meals bland and my wife could not even finish her Bloody Mary drink as the bartender put cocktail sauce in it
Stephanie our server was awesome. The food was delicious and better than we expected even. If you’re looking for a great seafood place that is casual and laid back this is the place to go. The Lobster Ravioli is a great appetizer. My wife loved the oysters. The seafood Newberg was perfect!
great service, great food as always, great chowder, clams casino and martinis-we always stop here on any trips we make to Boston from our home in central mass--we take the train to North Station and its an easy walk to UOH- we've always had the same thing as starters: a bowl of your great chowder, bread, and a superb gin martini-have been doing this for 25 years or so-often, but not always, we'll follow it if we're there in the evening, with an appetizer or two-at our age a terrific meal-many thanks to your chefs and your always superb wait staff
The food was excellent as always with perfect portion sizes. I have never had shrimp ravioli before which was delicious and served with an additional shrimp topping. The cornbread is a nice change from the usual dinner rolls served with a meal. The restaurant was tastefully decorated for the holidays and our window seat afforded us a pleasant evening view of the area.
My husband and I visited Boston for the history and this restaurant is part of it, being almost 200 years old--the oldest restaurant in America. Was a fun place to dine and see the historical surroundings. We had clam chowder and a lobster dish and they were delicious and fun to eat. It is not a cheap place but worth the splurge. Our waitress was very personable and suggested great dishes. If you're into U.S. history and delicious, fresh seafood, you should check out this restaurant.
I am usually cheap with the amount of stars I give restaurants and a place has to have something special in order to achieve a maximum amount of stars in my book. This place was great! The service was high caliber yet unpretentious and honest. The seafood main courses were all terrific and the wine was good. It is not cheap, but it is worth the expense.
Old and therefore unique restaurant. Reservation was for 4:30 pm but we had to wait 15 - 20 minutes before being seated, even though the upstairs dining room appeared to have plenty of empty tables. Seafood was fresh, and the clam chowder had a good amount of clams in it. The Lobster Newberg was tasty, but the traditional puff pastry was hard as a rock and not even vaguely puffy. Nevertheless, it's still a nice place to go and service was very friendly.
Server ended up getting more focused on two other tables and barely stopped by our table after we ordered. The food was very basic. The place was cool and I had been looking forward to it for weeks. But it was a huge let down. My husband and I both agreed and bounced to a different place for dessert and drinks because we were so underwhelmed.
Tourist trap! Service was poor. Waitress spilled the drink when placing it on the table and did not clean up the spill. She just said “oh I’m not good at this”and walked away. We got up from our table and found some napkins to clean the table. She did the same with the soup. I ordered the lobster Newberg. It was cold and not eatable. We were supposed to get cornbread with our meals and when I reminded the waitress she asked us if we wanted MORE! She didn’t even realize we never got any to begin with. Then she had the audacity to bring us cornbread in a “to go” bag when she brought our check. We were visiting Boston for a a Birthday celebration and this was the restaurant my daughter chose for dinner. Although the history and ambiance of the restaurant was wonderful , we did not enjoy our dinners.
The food and service at Union Oyster House were outstanding. My mom had a wheelchair, which was kind of a challenge, but the staff accommodated us very nicely. (They have a ramp outside the second entrance and we sat in the Freedom Trail Room. Our waitress and the other waiter were extra helpful in talking about the menu and helping us make our selections. We had lemondrop martinis and oysters on the half shell and clam chowder and lobster and more martinis...It's just a charming historic place with great food and really nice staff. I think the price of the raw oysters is excessive $17.50 for 1/2 dozen, but after a few martinis, who cares???
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